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There are many different strategies to trade and one of them is to look for dividend stocks. Investors like dividend stocks as long-term investments, as these dividend payments tend to protect the stock price from the market volatility that affects non-dividend paying stocks. However, careful analysis of dividend stocks and choosing the right dividend stocks at the right time is critical for investors.

In this article, I will focus on large-cap stocks with a high dividend yield and with their ex-dividend date within the next week (August 13 to August 17). These stocks are screened based on the following criteria:

  • Security Type: Common Stock
  • Market Cap: Greater than $10 billion
  • Dividend Yield: Greater than or equal to 3%
  • Ex-Dividend Date: Between August 13, 2012 and August 17, 2012

1. Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE:SCCO): Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper has a market cap of $28.3B and is currently trading around $33.35 with a 52-week range of $22.34 to $36.88. The dividend amount is 24 cents per share, which is 6.79% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 13, 2012, record date is August 15, 2012 and the dividend payout date is August 28, 2012. The stock has 11.69% returns for the year 2012.

2. Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC): Exelon Corporation is a utility services holding company, engages in the generation of electricity in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $32.5B and is currently trading around $38.2 with a 52-week range of $36.27 to $45.45. The dividend amount is 52.5 cents per share, which is 5.5% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 13, 2012, record date is August 15, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 10, 2012. The stock has fallen 11.92% for the year 2012.

3. Eli Lilly And Company (NYSE:LLY): Eli Lilly and Company discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide. Eli Lilly and Company has a market cap of $49.7B and is currently trading around $42.85 with a 52-week range of $33.82 to $44.67. The dividend amount is 49 cents per share, which is 4.57% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 13, 2012, record date is August 15, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 10, 2012. The stock has 3.1% returns for the year 2012.

4. Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK): Duke Energy Corporation operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. Duke Energy has a market cap of $47.9B and is currently trading around $68.04 with a 52-week range of $51.60 to $71.13. The dividend amount is 76.5 cents per share, which is 4.5% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 15, 2012, record date is August 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 17, 2012. The stock has 3.09% returns for the year 2012.

5. British American Tobacco Plc (OTCPK:BTAFF): British American Tobacco engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco and nicotine products. British American Tobacco has a market cap of $104.3B and is currently trading around $53.65 with a 52-week range of $40.95 to $53.65. The dividend amount is 42.2 pence per share, which is 4.24% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 15, 2012, record date is August 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 26, 2012. The stock has 14.29% returns for the year 2012.

6. Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE:ED): Consolidated Edison provides energy services to residential, commercial, industrial, and government customers in the United States. Consolidated Edison has a market cap of $18.7B and is currently trading around $63.89 with a 52-week range of $52.38 to $65.98. The dividend amount is 60.5 cents per share, which is 3.79% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 13, 2012, record date is August 15, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 15, 2012. The stock has 3% returns for the year 2012.

7. E I Du Pont De Nemours And Company (NYSE:DD): E I du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company has a market cap of $46.8B and is currently trading around $50.3 with a 52-week range of $37.10 to $57.50. The dividend amount is 43 cents per share, which is 3.42% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 13, 2012, record date is August 15, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 12, 2012. The stock has 9.87% returns for the year 2012.

8. Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX): Chevron engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. Chevron has a market cap of $220.0B and is currently trading around $112.14 with a 52-week range of $86.68 to $112.64. The dividend amount is 90 cents per share, which is 3.21% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 15, 2012, record date is August 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 10, 2012. The stock has 5.39% returns for the year 2012.

9. International Paper Company (NYSE:IP): International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. International Paper Company has a market cap of $14.3B and is currently trading around $32.74 with a 52-week range of $21.55 to $36.50. The dividend amount is 26.25 cents per share, which is 3.21% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 13, 2012, record date is August 15, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 17, 2012. The stock has 10.61% returns for the year 2012.

10. Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR): Emerson Electric Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $36.7B and is currently trading around $49.98 with a 52-week range of $39.50 to $53.78. The dividend amount is 40 cents per share, which is 3.2% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 15, 2012, record date is August 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 10, 2012. The stock has 7.28% returns for the year 2012.

11. Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG): Walgreen operates a chain of drugstores in the United States. Walgreen has a market cap of $31.1B and is currently trading around $36.24 with a 52-week range of $28.53 to $37.61. The dividend amount is 27.5 cents per share, which is 3.04% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 15, 2012, record date is August 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 12, 2012. The stock has 9.62% returns for the year 2012.

Sources: Some of the data is sourced from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity and investor sites.

Additional Disclosure: I change my positions very frequently and may initiate either long or short positions in the above mentioned stocks at any time.

Disclaimer: I am not a registered investment advisor and do not provide specific investment advice. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Nothing in this article should be taken as a solicitation to purchase or sell securities. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. It is up to investors to make the correct decision after necessary research.

Source: Large Caps With Over 3% Yields Going Ex-Dividend Next Week